The trouble with K.C. Brown's dream of playing alto sax for a local jazz band is that she's a nineteen-year-old white girl, the band members are middle-aged black men, the year is 1948, and they all live in a racially divided town in Iowa.
To succeed, she and the band must overcome resistance from both sides of the color barrier, and accept that ambition often comes with loss.
In the Blood explores the cultural, sexual, generational, and economic issues in post-World War II America, framed in the context of a friendship and understanding that develops between K.C. and the band's ailing trombonist, Freddie Ross.
This book is about music, it's about cultural shifts, and it's about life. In the Blood is smartly written, with every musical term and description spot-on.
-Diane Thayer, music educator
In the Blood is a tour de force....
-Donald Schneider, Midwest Book Reviews
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About the Author
He lives in Waterloo, Iowa, with his wife Joni, a dog named Tree who he calls Doodle, and a cat named Squeakers who he calls many colorful, and sometimes off color, names. His adult stepchildren, Jon and Jovan, have emigrated to the fantasy land known as California.
In his other life, from which he has not retired, Dave is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, although he now concentrates on literary and historical fiction. In addition to writing, he pokes his fingers into a lot of other creative pies, dabbling in composing, drawing, painting, and sculpting. Music is his first love, but he concedes that he's better at stringing words together than notes, so there are times when he must tear himself away from one kind of keyboard to work at another. He also enjoys traveling-42 states and 27 countries to date-and collecting books printed before 1800